Tuesday, April 22, 2014

40th Anniversary of Sporting Summer Festival in Monte-Carlo

40th Anniversary of Sporting Summer Festival in Monte-Carlo 
- Enjoy with Bryan Adams, Elton John and many more to name -
All India, 22nd April 2014: This year Monaco is celebrating 40th anniversary of Sporting Summer Festival. It was first started in 1974 and is of great importance to Monte-Carlo in presenting great international stars, as well as the latest “media sensations” to the world.
From 4 July to 23 August 2014, come to Monaco and meet the biggest stars in the world at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival.
For the 2014 edition of the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival, Monte-Carlo SBM is offering a series of concerts with the world’s greatest stars. The diversity of the line-up is what makes this festival so rich and unique, in keeping with the glamorous annual tradition.
Lana Del Rey will open this “anniversary” season on 4 July. 
Meanwhile, some great names will appear on stage at the Sporting, including Liza Minnelli, Elton John, Paul Anka, Tom Jones and Julio Iglesias, as well as Robin Thicke, The Jacksons, “M”, Boy George … and many more.
All summer long in Monte-Carlo, the stars will be shining bright, one by one, including Christophe Maé, Paolo Conte, Patrick Bruel, Laura Pausini, Renzo Arbore L’orchestra italiana, Bryan Adams and the Gipsy Kings. SBM proposes two big shows this summer: a theatrical concert entitled “Let It Be“to relive the sensational rise of the Beatles, and an exceptional show calledElvis & Friends“. 
For the 40th anniversary of the Salle des Etoiles, the 2014 Festival will host concerts that are unique in Europe such as Robin Thicke, Marcus Miller and Jeff Beck and Guests and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers who, with hits such as “The Freak” and “Get Lucky”, symbolises 40 years of music across several generations.
No efforts will have been spared to make this programme the event of the summer if not the year, in line with the tradition of prestigious festivals that Monte-Carlo SBM has been hosting and organising since its creation. Like a beacon of light calling out to music-lovers all over the world, the Sporting Summer Festival awaits you in Monaco.
About Monaco: 
Monaco is one of the world’s most desirable destinations with over 300 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures, it celebrates with enthusiasm the arts, culture, sumptuous cuisine, spas, beautiful surroundings, spectacular landscapes and high-adrenaline activities like the Formula One Grand Prix, casino gaming, land and water sports and exciting nightlife.
Tourists will be more than happy enjoying luxurious accommodation, family restaurants and exceptional landscape in Monte Carlo. This charming destination adds that magnificence experience to your holiday which everyone dreams for. The place is gorgeously clean, the hotels are a marvel, the people are beautiful and the food is delicious. There are wonderful restaurants, shops, attractions, coast, nightlife, sports facilities and culture all within walking distance. You can have a fulfilling romantic experience with the world class spas, set in gorgeous surroundings and offering a variety of therapies and treatments from around the world.
For further details please contact: 
Monaco Government Tourist Bureau – India
C/o TRAC Representations India Pvt. Ltd




22nd APRIL 2014

Event details
Contact person
Mumbai South Central
Sundar Balakrishnan
Yogendra Yadav

Road show
Dadar E Swaminarayan Temple | Wadala |  Kidwai | 5 Gardens | Matunga Phool market | Antop Hill |Pratiksha Nagar| Chembur |  Cheetah Camp |Ending with a speech
Time: 900-1300
Digambar -9821867529

Mumbai North East
Medha Patkar
Yogendra Yadav, Anjali Damania,Maruti Bhapkar, Manav Kamble

Road show
From Shivaji Nagar Signal
Time: 900-1300

Press conference
Mangalmurti Complex, Mankhurd Ghatkopar Link Rd Signal, Nr V Care Hospital
Time: 1330-1430

Road show
From the press conference to Mandala, Mankhurd
Time: 1430-1700
Sumit –9892727063

Imtiaz –9322397570

Dr Sanjay Apranti
Ulka Mahajan

Bike rally
Alibaug |Pen | Nagothane | Pali | Kolad | Roha | Mandgaon
Time: 800-1615
Mrs Aparanti –9657728203

Sangram Patil
Nandu Madhav

Road show
Prabhat Chowk | Kavale Ratnavali chowk | DSP chowk | Tambapuri-Ichhadevi chowk | Sindhi Colony |Rajkamal Talkies | Balirampeth | Shanipeth |Nehru chowk | Bengale chowk | Ganesh Colony | Shiv colony | Petrol Pump
| Mahabal | Mehroon | Subhash Chowk |
Time: 800-1700

Jan sabha
GS Ground
Time: 1700
Sandip Deore 9823235945

Dnyaneshwar Mali
Raghunath dada Patil, Lalit Babar

Bhagvat Balnath Sonawane 8806272733

AAP Media Cell


Vatsal Sheth backed by the Khans


Vatsal Sheth and the Khan Brothers share a very special and fond affinity towards each other. Arbaaz Khan recently tweeted cheering Vatsal for his newest endeavor – ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ which premiered on Star Plus this week. On the show Vatsal dawns the character of Shaurya Goenka, a rich spoilt playboy, care free and over confident banking heavily on the financial health of his parents. Vatsal is known to have taken the Khan Brothers especially Salman as his role model and aspires to reach similar heights of success. He apes the superstar’s signature style of pinning his phone against the shoulder with his ear while having a long conversation and draws constant inspiration from the Megastar. Among all the Khan Brothers, however, Vatsal shares his closest ties with Sohail. Their friendship is one to envy for and this was even reflected on the silver screen when they worked together in ‘Heroes’. Sohail made time and ensured he was there in person to congratulate Vatsal during the recently concluded launch of ‘Ek Hasina Thi.’ One wouldn’t want to mess around with Vatsal – the newest brat on the small screen who is amply supported with the love and affection of the Dabaang trio – Arbaaz, Salman and Sohail Khan. 

Tune into EK HASINA THI every Monday – Saturday at 08:00 p.m only on STAR PLUS


Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan: Modi’s campaign resembles a soap launch in the market:

Modi’s campaign resembles a soap launch in the market: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan 
Mumbai: With a just a day left for the model code of conduct to come into effect Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan stepped up his attack on the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday.
BJP is marketing Modi like a packaged product by a marketing company. “Modi’s campaign is similar to a new soap being launched with appropriate advertising. One can look at the posters of BJP. Only Modi is being sold, and no other senior party leaders of BJP feature in the advertisement,” said Chavan.
Chavan was addressing a public meeting to step up the election campaign of Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Sanjay Dina Patil from the Mumbai North-East constituency.
Referring to Modi’s visit to Mumbai, Chavan said that all Modi is doing is making personal remarks against Congress and NCP leaders to enthuse the crowd which has gathered. “Neither that man (Modi), nor his party, has the wisdom or vision to lead the country,” said Chavan.
Chavan said that the NCP-Congress regime in Maharashtra is far ahead in terms of development, and that Modi is riding on a fake wave of having developed Gujarat. “We have created a case study of development in each village of Maharashtra, and Modi is welcome to come and see it for himself,” said Chavan
Chavan stressed on the progress that the UPA government has made in the last 10 years, and urged the voters to think about the ideology that they would want to vote to power.
“It is important to think what kind of ideology we want to elect for next 5 years. The economic progress made in last 10 years in India has been unprecedented. We have taken huge decisions on developmental issues for agriculture, health, primary education, right to information, and food security bill.”
Last time we chose all 6 candidates of the Congress-NCP alliance in Mumbai, said Chavan and pointed out the developmental work undertaken in Mumbai.
“We have the first monorail, the metro rail is functional, the Santa Cruz Chembur Link Road has been thrown open and so has the Milan subway flyover and 17 other flyovers. And it is important to mention that we have been able to construct 25,000 public toilets for people residing in Mumbai,” said Chavan.
Whereas Modi’s right hand man Amit Shah prefers to make hate speech on Muzzaffar Nagar riots. “When we go to vote on April 24, we all should make the right choice to take this country forward,” said Chavan.
Chavan visit to Mulund on Monday ensured that both Congress and NCP left no stone unturned to retain the Mumbai North-East constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The constituency has seen top leaders including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, home minister of Maharashtra RR Patil campaign to prop the election campaign on Sanjay Dina Patil.


Sumeet Sachdev returns to television after 4 years with Yeh Hai Aashiqui

Sumeet Sachdev returns to television after 4 years with Yeh Hai Aashiqui
~ Thpopular actor will be seen playing an author who is a victim of wrong perceptions but finds true love eventually ~

Known for his crust look and dashing personality, Sumeet Sachdev finally returns to television after a long sabbatical withbindass’ Yeh Hai Aashiqui. The charming actor is all set to play the protagonist in the upcoming episode which will make his most awaited come back extremely exciting. Yeh Hai Aashiqui chronicles unusual love stories every week and this time round, the show will bring forth an innocent love story of Rhea Ganguly who falls in love with Aseem Sen whom she once hated based on the rumor of him being a wife beater. In order to teach him a lesson, she transpires a plan to humiliate him in the college but, as truth cannot be kept under wraps for long, Rhea discovered the reality. She could not help falling in love with Aseem for his innocence and forgiveness when he finds out that Rhea had conspired against him.

Sumeet Sachdev will be seen as the lead actor; Aseem Sen. He will portray the character of a writer whose pseudonym is Eklavya. Attempting to run away from his past brings him to a college where he gets appointed as a professor, but his agonies are further aggravated when a girl named Rhea, played by popular ad face, Anupriya Goenka decides to expose the miseries of his past deeds in front of the college to embarrass him. 

Talking about his return and the show, Sumeet said, “In the past as well, I was approached for Yeh Hai Aashiqui, and unfortunately at that time I could not go ahead with it. But, co-incidentally, I happened to watch that episode and I was impressed with the show; it was refreshing and different. This time round, I was geared up to make a come back on TV after 4 years with a great concept like Yeh Hai Aashiqui. Not only did I feel that I could fit the bill perfectly but, I was quite thrilled about playing a professor who a student falls in love with. I have never done romance and ‘Aseem’ was a bit of a challenge to me. But, it was the right choice, a good experience overall and gave the feel of a short film.” This talented lad gained household popularity with his unconventional and popular character, ‘Gomzy’ in the iconic show Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu ThiKnown for his versatility, Sumeet also ventured in direction. He made his directorial debut in the short film Rehman Saheb Ko Phone Karna Hai.

Apart from Sumeet, Anupriya Goenka will be seen on the show romancing him as ‘Rhea’. Taking the audiences through this emotional journey of Aseem and Rhea, popular TV actor Rithvik Dhanjani will be hosting the show.

Watch this touching love story, on ‘Yeh Hai Aashiqui’, this Sunday, 27th April, 2014, at 7 pm only on bindass!

Also attached is the detailed press note on the same along with pictures. Do let me know if you require anything further on the same. Request you to kindly incorporate the same in your esteemed publication.  


With Tremendous Response from Voters, Campaign Ends on High Note

With Tremendous Response from Voters, Campaign Ends on High Note
Vows to continue challenging the Modi-fied Politics and Expose the Corruption of NCP

As the campaign for the 16th Lok Sabha draws to a closure today, the campaign witnessed tremendous response from wide range of people in the Mumbai North East constituency. This response and the large number of issues emerging is also because of the failure of Corporator, MLAs and MP in discharging their duties as elected representatives. None of them have taken any steps to curb the fundamental corruption involved in the projects. There has not been any attempt to policy making, focus on basic amenities and housing.  We received a response from the people owing to the issues raised by us in the past few years and because of their faith in our continuous work on those issues.

Out of my nearly 40 years of work, the 17 years I worked in Mumbai has given me an inside out knowledge about the basic issues of the constituency. This election is important for us, as we seek larger representation of people in decision making and to continue raise those issue with more strength and vigour. Hence we make a pledge to implement all national level commitments by Aam Aadmi Party in its Manifesto and in the Mumbai Manifesto. Further, we issue a Mumbai North East specific prime issues pledge that we will leave no stone unturned to fulfil those. We also reiterate that all our efforts will be participatory, transparent and accountable, involving the people of the constituency across the caste-class-creed-gender differences, and political ideologies.

Hence we appeal to the voters to join us in these efforts, with all their strength and commitment, to bring in change and make our city corruption free. We will achieve this together with participation of people from all walks of life, contribution of professional skills and inputs from experts.

Modi’s lies and threat to not just secular fabric, but even dalits, adivasis and downtrodden

In a rally addressed by Modi in Mumbai yesterday he said that “Maharashtra would get electricity worth Rs 400 crores for free if the project (Sardar Sarovar Narmada project) was completed.” The blatant lie repeated for the second time in this election season is another attempt t to mislead the people.  Maharashtra, which has also sacrificed a few thousands crores of revenue, by submergence of 33 hilly adivasi villages, will lose 9500 ha of land; parts of it are forests, in the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP). Additionally she spends Rs.3000 crores in proportion to the 27% of power from the project. SSP is an interstate project, with financial commitment by each of the party states. How can then the power be free to Maharashtra?

While Modi builds his campaign on lies and twisted facts, he poses a serious threat to the secular fabric of the country. By his silence isn’t Modi supporting Vishwa Hindu Parishad’;s (VHP) president Pravin Togadia’s communal venom in Bhavnagar by saying “evict Muslims from Hindu areas”?


His outlook towards the dalits and socially marginalised is evident from his reported statement he made during the release of his book ‘SamajikSamrasata’. He was reported saying that dalits were like mentally retarded children. What an irony, somebody who does not respect the dalits and marginalised writes a book with its title SamajikSamrasata (Social Equity)!


Last year, The Gujarat High Court ordered the Gujarat government to strictly adhere to the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of) Forest Rights Act, 2006, and the rules framed thereafter under this central Act.The order came on a public interest litigation (PIL) by a group of NGOs, which said the state government was violating the provisions of the Act in deciding the claims of tribals and had arbitrarily rejected more than one lakh such claims. 

It will be a figment of our imagination if we do buy in the messages communicated by Modi via his aggressive advertising methods. He has a proven track record for being anti poor, anti dalit, anti adivasi and minorities and could leave the country divided that is built on the foundations of secularism, tolerance and respect to each other.

We will stand by dalits, who apart from asserting their identity and dignity, face the challenge of getting the basic rights, as upheld in the Constitution, as envisioned by Dr.BabasahebAmbedkar. The positive discrimination and reservation will be implemented only when they stand united.

If Modi around, can NCP be far behind?

We will challenge the corrupt party NCP, who are involved in scams worth thousands of crores. Some of them include, irrigation scam, Gosikhurd canal scam, sugar factory scam, even the former Member of Parliament seem to have contributed to corrupt practices in using the MPLAD funds. By not raising the corruption issues in this Constituency, such as allotment of MHADA land, rehabilitation of slum dwellers and in infrastructure projects, he has permitted the corrupt practices.

He cannot shrug the responsibility of his inability to curb corruption, failure to address the fundamental issues of the constituency and not being around for the people when the people needed him most.

We will launch enquiries into all those allegations of corruption once the elections are over.

We appeal to all voters of the Constituency to come out in large numbers on the voting day, cast their vote and be a part of the democratic process. We appeal to the voters to cast their vote in favour of honesty, accountability and good governance and against corruption, communalism and injustice.

Yours Truly, 

Arvind Kejriwal’s nomination
Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will file his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency on Wednesday, April 23. He will proceed from Lahurabeer Chowk where the party volunteers and supporters will start gathering from 9 AM onwards.

AAP Media Cell


A History of the World in 100 Objects exhibition to run for 100 Days at Manarat Al Saadiyat


A History of the World in 100 Objects exhibition to run for 100 Days at Manarat Al Saadiyat
Transforming the popular BBC series into an exhibition for the first time, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority opens A History of the World in 100 Objects
All India, 22nd April 2014 : Leading up to the eagerly anticipated opening of Zayed National Museum in 2016, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) in collaboration with the British Museum, opens A History of the World in 100 Objects – an exhibitionthat captures a history of the world through a vivid display of compelling objects. Open for 100 days from 23 April  – 1 August at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, the exhibitionwill allow visitors to travel back in time and across the globe to see how humans have shaped the world, and been shaped by it.
Curated by Becky Allen from the British Museum, A History of the World in 100 Objects presents 100 significant objects in a narrative that brings contemporary audiences face-to-face with cultures across time and space. Bringing to life the material culture of the past, the exhibition will feature a variety of objects such as a lifelike cast bronze hand from Yemen that was made between 100 and 300 CE, an Egyptian granite statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II discovered on Elephantine Island at the Temple of Khnum, and the famous Royal Game of Ur, found in a royal cemetery in southern Iraq and estimated to be around 4,500 years old. Within the exhibition narrative the story continues to contemporary time and to the celebration of today’s objects such as Reem Al Marzouqi’s recently conceived Prototype Foot-controlled Car. An Emirati student from the UAE University, Reem’s car showcases how inventors of today create objects that add new stories to our history.
Salama Al Shamsi, Project Manager, Zayed National Museum said: “Navigating an unparalleled collection of historic objects that provides visitors with an opportunity to learn more about where we came from and ultimately who we are, A History of the World in 100 Objects places the cultural significance of the UAE and the Arab World in general within the context of human history.”
Through exhibitions like this, TCA Abu Dhabi aims to put the Zayed National Museum story into the context of the Middle East and the wider world, while encouraging the development of a cultural ecosystem that will promote and celebrate the position of the UAE within the global community. Located in a dramatic new building at the centre of the Saadiyat Cultural District, and commanding views of Abu Dhabi and the Gulf beyond, Zayed National Museum will celebrate the unification of the Emirates and their transformation into a modern nation under Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918–2004) – the ‘Father of the Nation.’
Becky Allen, the British Museum’s Curator of A History of the World in 100 Objects, said: “A History of the World in 100 Objectscelebrates human ingenuity, placing the things we make and use in the spotlight. The exhibition has a global scope, helping visitors to see the similarities that connect human beings across time and place. The objects we use today express something about the world in the present moment, just as the objects used by our ancestors tell us about the cultures of the past.  Whether ancient or modern, all the objects in the exhibition express human hopes, desires and ambitions. At its heart, this exhibition is about investigating and honouring the power of objects.”
A lecture by the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, entitled Unlocking Objects, will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 22 April.  Neil MacGregor will explore a range of objects showcased in the exhibition, and examine their unique power to convey a story and forge global connections. 
In addition to Neil MacGregor’s lecture, there will be a full public program of workshops, tours and seminars derived from the objects in the exhibition. For example, in a workshop dedicated to juniors, participants can create a blue-and-white design on pre-glazed earthenware using ceramic paint, or in another for adults, in a workshop inspired by the German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and his famous Rhinoceros woodcut (1515), people can learn about techniques and processes of woodblock printmaking.


‘Scenarios of Kannada Activism in Bengaluru’

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
(in the ‘India in Transition’ series)

at 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 23rdApril, 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building


‘Scenarios of Kannada Activism in Bengaluru’


Prof. Chandan Gowda,
Azim Premji University,

Bengaluru has seen a proliferation of pro-Kannada organizations since the early years of this century. The perceived decline in significance of Kannada and its speakers in the state’s capital appears a paramount concern for them. Many of these groups have found support from major institutional forces, including political parties, the local film industry, and the heads of Hindu religious establishments.  How do they conceive the Kannada cause and the strategies necessary for securing it? What are the continuities and discontinuities between their activist concerns and those of their predecessor outfits?  Mapping the shifting contours of Bengaluru-centred Kannada activism over the last few decades helps grasp the changing political and cultural milieu in the city. 

Prof. Chandan Gowda is Professor of Social Science at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. His research interests include social theory, Indian normative traditions, and Kannada literature and cinema. In addition to his academic publications, he has written extensively for newspapers and published translations of Kannada fiction and non-fiction in English.  He completed his dissertation research at the Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2007. He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state.



Boletín informativo. Martes 22 de Abril 2014.
Elecciones Europeas
De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de izquierda 
Por Manuel Rico | La izquierda representa las aspiraciones de igualdad y de libertad de los ciudadanos, la búsqueda de una sociedad no basada en la lógica del beneficio privado por encima del beneficio colectivo, la construcción de una economía al servicio de la inmensa mayoría y no de la minoría más poderosa.
IU propone que el BCE sea un banco público 
El eurodiputado y cabeza de lista de Izquierda Unida a las elecciones europeas, Willy Meyer, defiende la necesidad de que el BCE “deje de ser la cueva de la especulación”.
El PSOE pide el voto para conseguir que Europa abandone el austericidio 
Bajo el lema ‘Tu mueves Europa’, los socialistas harán una campaña electoral “propositiva, para hablar de Europa, movilizadora, y muy cercana”.
Salario mínimo y jurisdicción universal en toda la UE 
Estas son algunas de las propuestas que IU hace cara a las elecciones del 15 de mayo para plantar cara “al neoliberalismo imperante” en la Unión.
Socio Laboral
Mujeres inexistentes 
Por Mercè Rivas | La pobreza en España al igual que en el resto del mundo tiene básicamente rostro de mujer. Si además tiene más de cincuenta años, su presente y futuro es inexistente.
Los sindicatos llevan al Congreso sus propuestas contra el cáncer de origen laboral 
Los socialistas se comprometen a presentar una batería de preguntas al Gobierno con propuestas de CCOO y UGT sobre cáncer laboral, amianto y sílice.
TmEx, las emisoras comarcales de la SER y Ángel Calleja, premios Pilar Blanco 2014 
Concedidos por CCOO de Madrid, la entrega tendrá lugar el lunes, 28 de abril, a las 19 horas, en el centro Abogados de Atocha.
· Alberto Requena¡Si no hay trabajo me voy! 
Así se expresa el Presidente del país vecino. Cualquiera diría que da tal importancia al trabajo para la gente…
· Víctor ArroganteEl laicismo en España 
Artículo 16.3 de la Constitución española: “Ninguna confesión tendrá carácter estatal. Los poderes públicos tendrán…
Se cierra la causa contra China por el genocidio del Tibet 
En la causa sobre el Tíbet, Moreno investiga el genocidio, las torturas y los delitos de lesa humanidad que se habrían producido en los últimos cincuenta años y que habrían causado la muerte a un millón de personas.
· Francí Xavier MuñozMás razones para una República 
Que una república parlamentaria es más económica que una monarquía parlamentaria no tiene discusión…
El juez Silva tacha de “patraña e ilegal” el juicio por el ‘caso Blesa’ 
El juez solicitará la suspensión” del juicio al que se enfrenta por presunta prevaricación.
Las líneas 902 representan ‘La Peor Práctica Empresarial del Año’ 
FACUA reclama a empresas e instituciones públicas que dejen de utilizar estas numeraciones, cuyos precios son muy elevados y no se incluyen en los bonos o tarifas planas de las compañías de telecomunicaciones.
Cien años de soledad que aún perviven 
Por Yolanda Villavicencio | Como diría Gabriel García Márquez: “La historia de América Latina es la suma de esfuerzos desmesurados e inútiles y de dramas condenados al olvido”.
Nunca escribiré como García Márquez 
Por Pablo Vaamonde | Hay una imagen de García Márquez que siempre me llamó la atención.
Colombia se reconcilia con su premio Nobel 
Por Johari Gautier Carmona | La muerte de Gabo se ha producido en su eterno exilio, y ése no es un detalle anodino, sino la consecuencia de una fama asfixiante y unas diferencias políticas marcadas por la incomprensión y el rechazo.
El pasado 
Medio Ambiente
Polen contaminado 
Greenpeace revela que el 67% del polen recolectado por las abejas en Europa está contaminado con un cóctel de plaguicidas tóxicos.
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डिस्कवरी के सीनियर वाइस प्रेसिडेंट बने नीलेश जावेरी
डिस्कवरी नेटवर्क्स एशिया-पेसिफिक (डीएनएपी) ने सीनियर वाइस प्रेसिडेंट के रूप में नीलेश जावेरी को नियुक्त किया है…

अब इस बड़े इंटरव्यू के साथ ऑनस्क्रीन भी दिखेंगे एबीपी के ग्रुप एडिटर शाजी जमां

एबीपी न्यूज के ग्रुप एडिटर शाजी जमां अब परदे पर लांच होने जा रहे हैं। आज तक के सुप्रिया प्रसाद और एबीपी न्यूज के शाजी जमां ही ऐसे टीवी संपादक रहे हैं…

‘बॉक्सटीवी’ केएम प्लस का प्रीमियम कंटेंट करेगा प्रसारित

टाइम्स इंटरनेट की प्रीमियम ऑनलाइन विडियो सर्विस देने वाली बॉक्सटीवी.कॉम ने केएम प्लस मीडिया के साथ एक करार किया है…

अमर उजाला की चुनावी कवरेज पर कुछ यूं बोले वरिष्ठ पत्रकार शंभूनाथ शुक्ला
चुनाव के वक्त निष्पक्ष रह पाना बहुत मुश्किल होता है। सारे के सारे अखबार, टीवी चैनल्स और सोशल मीडिया किसी न किसी योद्धा के संग खड़े नजर आते हैं…

गुजरात दंगों पर पत्रकारों ने मुझे दागदार किया : मोदी
बीजेपी की तरफ से पीएम पद के उम्मीदवार और चुनावी दौड में सबसे आगे चल रहे नरेंद्र मोदी ने 2002 दंगों में उनपर दाग लगाने के लिए मीडिया को आरोपी बनाया है।

ईटीवी बांग्ला और ईटीवी उड़िया के चैनल हेड बने सुजाय राघवन कुट्टी
ईटीवी बांग्ला और ईटीवी उड़िया के चैनल हेड के रूप में सुजाय राघवन कुट्टी को नियुक्त किया गया है…

‘द हिंदू’ में छपे लेख में मोदी की तुलना पूर्व अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति रोनाल्ड रीगन से की गई
डेविड कोहेन ने अंग्रेजी अखबार द हिंदू में लिखे अपने लेख में भाजपा के प्रधानमंत्री पद के उम्मीदवार नरेन्द्र मोदी की तुलना पूर्व अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति रोनाल्ड रीगन से की है…

आडवाणी की साइट के हैक होने के बाद बीजेपी में कवायद, पाक में नहीं खुलेगी पार्टी की वेबसाइट

भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) की आधिकारिक वेबसाइट (bjp.org) अब पाकिस्तान में नहीं खुलेगी। दरअसल पार्टी ने अपने इंटरनेट पेज को पाकिस्तान के लिए ब्लॉक कर दिया है…

अब प्रिंट की दुनिया से दूर हो सकती है ऑक्सफोर्ड डिक्शनरी
अधिकांश लोग अपने बचपन से अंग्रेजी सीखने के लिए जिस ऑक्सफोर्ड शब्दकोष का प्रयोग करते आ रहे है, जल्दी ही हो सकता है कि आपको उसका अगला एडिशन प्रिंट के तौर पर नहीं मिले।

‘भास्कर न्यूज’ के चैनल प्रोड्यूसर बने संजय सिंह

जल्द ही लॉन्च होने वाले हिंदी खबरिया चैनल ‘भास्कर न्यूज’ में अब एक और नया नाम जुड़ गया है। प्रबंधन ने चैनल प्रोड्यूसर के रूप में संजय सिंह को नियुक्त किया है…

बीजेपी के एक वरिष्ठ नेता ने जी न्यूज के रेजिडेंट एडिटर को दी धमकी, इंटरव्यू भी किया डिलीट
भाजपा के एक वरिष्ठ नेता ने विरोधियों को अपनी ही पार्टी पर हमले का करने का एक नया हथियार दे दिया है…

आज रात एबीपी न्यूज के ‘घोषणापत्र’ में सवालों का जवाब देंगे मोदी
लोकसभा चुनावों के मद्देनजर एबीपी न्यूज के खास कार्यक्रम ‘घोषणापत्र’ में बीजेपी के पीएम पद के उम्मीदवार नरेंद्र मोदी लोकसभा चुनाव के मुद्दों पर आज बात करेंगे।

पत्रकार ने खून के आरोपी पर कोर्ट में एक्टिंग करने का लगाया आरोप
एक वरिष्ठ साउथ अफ्रीकी महिला पत्रकार ने एक खुले पत्र में पैरालम्पिक धावक ऑस्कर पिस्टोरियस पर अपनी गर्लफ्रेंड की हत्या मामले में कोर्ट में पेश होने से पहले एक्टिंग की क्लासिस लेने का आरोप लगाया है।

जी टीवी ला रहा है नया कॉमेडी शो ‘गैंग्स ऑफ हंसीपुर’

पुणे से कांग्रेस उम्मीदवार ‘पेड न्यूज’ के चलते फंसे
पुणे लोकसभा सीट से कांग्रेस के उम्मीदवार विश्वजीत कदम एक बार फिर मुश्किलों में घिरते नजर आ रहे हैं।

सवालों से बौखलाए डिप्टी स्पीकर, प्रेग्नेंट रिपोर्टर के रेप का दे डाला आदेश


Phase 7: Lok Sabha Elections 2014 Analysis of Criminal Background,


Phase 7: Lok Sabha Elections 2014: 

Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Candidates

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 1292 candidates out of 1295 candidates who are contesting in the Phase 7 of Lok Sabha 2014 Elections. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits uploaded on the ECI website at the time of making of this report. 
Please find the following reports in English attached with this mail

  1. Analysis of Criminal, Financial and Other Background Details of Candidates contesting in the 7th Phase of Lok Sabha 2014
  2. Consolidated Analysis of Criminal, Financial and Other Background Details of Candidates from 1st Phase to 7th Phase, Lok Sabha 2014

Phase 7
No. of Candidates Constesting
No. of Candidates analysed
No. of Candidates with Criminal Cases
% of Candidates with Criminal Cases
No. of Crorepati Candidates
% of Crorepati Candidates
Date of Poll
Andhra Pradesh
30thApril, 2014
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu


Jammu & Kashmir
Uttar Pradesh
West Bengal


Criminal Background
  • Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of the 1292 candidates analysed, 

     (17%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves
  • Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 139 candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, electoral violations, crimes against women etc.
  • Candidates with most number of declared Criminal Cases: Rajesh Ranjan Urf Pappu Yadav of RJD from Madhepura constituency, Bihar has declared 24 criminal cases against himself followed by Vasava Kishorbhai Chhotubhai of JD(U) from Surat constituency, Gujarat with 17 criminal cases and Swami Sachchidanand Hari Sakshi of BJP from Unnao constituency, Uttar Pradesh with 8 criminal cases.

  • Candidates with cases related to murdercandidates have declared cases related to murder.

  • Candidates with cases related to Attempt to Murder: 19 candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder.
  • Candidates with cases related to Communal Disharmony: 10 candidates have declared cases related to Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC section-153A). 1 candidate has declared a case related to Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs (IPC section-295A) and candidates have declared cases related to Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class (IPC section-295). *A candidate may have declared more than one IPC related to communal disharmony.
  • Candidates with cases related to Prevention of Corruption Act: candidates have declared cases related to Prevention of Corruption Act.
  • Candidates with cases related to Electoral Violations: 7 candidates* have declared cases related to electoral violations. 5 candidates have declared cases related to undue influence or personation at an election (IPC section-171F), 3 candidates have declared cases related Illegal payments in connection with an election (IPC section-171H). *A candidate may have declared more than one IPC related to Electoral Offences.

  • Candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women: 11 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.​​
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  • Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases: 27 (33%) out of 81 candidates from INC24 (35%) out of 68 candidates from BJP7 (10%) out of 68 candidates from AAP16 (19%) out of 83 candidates fielded by BSP and 55 (11%) out of 485 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

  • Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: (9%) out of 81 candidates from INC19 (28%) out of 68 candidates from BJP4 (6%) out of 68 candidates from AAP10 (12%) out of 83 candidates fielded by BSP and 34 (7%) out of 485 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
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  • Red Alert Constituencies: 42 constituencies have at least 3 candidates with declared criminal cases. Khagaria constituencyBihar has the highest number of contesting candidates i.e. 7 with criminal cases against them. 
​Financial Background
  • Crorepati CandidatesOut of the 1292 candidates analysed, 341 (26%) are crorepatis.

  • Party-wise Crorepati Candidates: 64 (79%) out of 81 candidates in INC51 (75%) out of 68 candidates in BJP34 (50%) out of 68 candidates in AAP and 25 (30%) out of 83 candidates in BSP and 50 (10%) out of 485 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore. 
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  • Average Assets: The average assets per candidate contesting in the 7th phase of Lok Sabha 2014 elections is Rs.3.77 crores.

  • Party-wise Average Assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 81 INC candidates is Rs 15.07 crores68 BJPcandidates have average assets of Rs.11.19 crores, 68 AAP candidates have average assets worth of Rs.3.03 crores and 83 BSPcandidates have average assets of Rs. 1.50 crores.

  • Party-wise Asset Rank: 60 (74%) out of 81 INC candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions amongst all the contesting candidates in their respective constituencies. Similarly, 47 (69%) out of 68 BJP candidates, 13 (16%) out of 83 BSP candidates and 27 (40%) out of 68 AAP candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions in their constituency.

  • High Asset Candidates*:20 candidates have declared more than Rs.50 crores worth of assets. The top three candidates with highest assets are given below:*Total Assets includes income of self, spouse and dependents.
Party Name
Total Assets (Rs)
PAN Given
Konda Vishweshwar Reddy
Andhra Pradesh
 528 Crore+
Nama Nageswara Rao
Andhra Pradesh
 338 Crore+
Dr.Gaddam Vivekanand
Andhra Pradesh
 266 Crore+

  • Candidates with High Liabilities: A total of 52 candidates have declared liabilities of more than Rs. 1 crore. Out of these 52 candidates, 8 have declared liabilities of Rs. 10 crore and above

  • Candidates with pending dues to government departments: 24 candidates have declared that they have pending dues to government departments.

  • Crorepati Candidates with no PAN: 10 candidates with total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore have declared no PAN details.

  • Candidates with High Income*: 19 candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs. 1 crore. The top three candidates with highest declared annual income are given below:*Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents

Party Name
Total Assets
The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate
Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent)
Self income shown by candidate in ITR
Konda Vishweshwar Reddy
528 Crore+
14 Crore+
62 Lacs+
Paresh Dahyalal Rawal
Ahmedabad East
79 Crore+
8 Crore+
8 Crore+
Dr.Gaddam Vivekanand
266 Crore+
6 Crore+
4 Crore+

  • Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 671 (52%) candidates out of 1292 analyzed have not declared income tax details.* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

  • Candidates with High Assets who have not declared Income Tax Details: 36 candidates with assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore, have not declared Income Tax Details.

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Other Background Details​
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Consolidated Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Candidates
Phase 1 to Phase 7
National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 6672 candidates out of 6727 candidates who have contested/contesting in Phase 1 to Phase 7 of Lok Sabha 2014 Elections. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits available on the ECI website at the making of this report. The following is a consolidated summary of the same.
No. of contesting candidates
No. of Candidates analysed
No. of Constituencies
No. of Candidates with Criminal Cases
% of Candidates with Criminal Cases
No. of Crorepati Candidates
% of Crorepati Candidates
Average Assets
Date of Poll (2014)
Rs.5.75 crores
Rs.9.12 crores
Rs.3.04 crores


Vinod Kumar steers his team to victory at the Pro-Am event of the Surya Nepal Masters


Kathmandu, Nepal, April 22, 2014: Vinod Kumar of Delhi steered his team to victory at the Pro-Am event of the Surya Nepal Masters 2014 at the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort. A record number of amateurs from across Nepal participated in the event.

The popularity of Surya Nepal Masters Pro-Am is growing by the year as it provides the amateurs with the golden opportunity of playing with prominent professionals in the SAARC golf space.

The event featured 34 teams each comprising of one professional and three amateurs. The format of the event this year was strokeplay where the best 2 nett scores per hole were counted for the team score.

Professional Abhijit Singh Chadha’s team finished in second runner-up position with a score of 122. Chadha’s team comprised of amateurs A.T. Sherpa, President of Gokarna Forest Golf Resort Suhrid Ghimire and Pavitra Karki. Chadha was the runner-up at the 2013 Surya Nepal Masters.

At one stroke better was the runner-up team lead by professional Gaurav Pratap Singh. Singh’s team included one of Nepal’s leading amateurs Tashi Tshering. The other two amateurs in Gaurav’s team were Kanchan Basnyat and MD Mool.

The champion team at 120 was lead by Delhi professional Vinod Kumar and had Tendi Sherpa and Dorjee Sherpa along with the President of Nepal Professional Golf Association Rabindra Man Shrestha as the three amateurs.

The on-course prizes  for Closest to the Pin on Hole No. 5 was won by Mr. Bishnu Sharma, Closest to the Pin on Hole No. 10 by Mr. Raj Pradhan and the Straightest Drive on Hole No. 18 by Mr. Roshan Rai.

The prizes were given away by Mr. Dipra Lahiri, Vice President-Marketing, Surya Nepal Pvt. Ltd.


Five picked for Coca-Cola Cricket Coaching Camp

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Five from Salwan Boys Senior Sec. School, Delhi 
picked for Coca-Cola Cricket Coaching Camp

New Delhi, 22nd April 2014: Rajesh Tangri, Muklit Bhatt, Prashanth Vashishta, Rishab Drall and Bharat Shankar from Salwan Boys Senior Sec. School, Delhi, were selected to attend the seven-day special coaching clinic to be conducted by Cricket India Academy Coaches at Air India Ground, Kalina, Mumbai. 

These players were picked on the basis of their performance in the U-16 Inter-State Leg of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup 2013-14, which concluded on Sunday in Mumbai. A total of 27 players have been selected for this coaching clinic.

The clinic will be conducted by Anthony Adams (Head Coach, Cricket Indian Academy). The clinic will be conducted in two sessions 7.00 am to 9.30 am and in the evening 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

Following the seven-day clinic, the Coca-Cola XI will be selected on 27th April 2014 to play three-match series against foreign team in the month of May.

Following are the selected 27 players:

Shoeb Khan, Jahangir Ansari, Mohd. Monis, Shubham Singh,( Al. Barkat Malik M. I. English School, Mumbai), Rajesh Tangri, Muklit Bhatt, Prashanth Vashishta, Rishab Drall, Bharat Shankar (Salwan Boys Senior Sec. School, Delhi), Atul Kushwa, Neeraj Gaur, Nikhik Sikawar (Kiddy’s Corner Higher Secondary School, Gwalior, MP), Mohit Pal, Vijay Yadav, Vivek Anand, Mohsin Ali, Ankur Balyan (Sports Campus College, Lucknow , UP), Yoksharath Sreekanth, Deryl Ferrario, Karthik Shanmugam, Joy Kenny (Don Bosco M Higher Secondary School, Tamil Nadu), Karan Pawar, Saurin Thakar (Shreyas Samarpan Vidyalay, Baroda), Tanmoy Aditya (Dehinagar K.C.R. Vidya Pith, West  Bengal), Amrit Lubana (DAV Sr.Secondary School,Punjab), Praneet Raj (St. Jones Jr. College, Hyderabad) and M.Rafi – AP (AVR E-Techno School, Vijayawada).


Dr. Anne Hammerstad Lecturer in International Relations

Centre for Policy Research is delighted to invite you to a talk by 
Dr. Anne Hammerstad
 Lecturer in International Relations
School of Politics and International Relations
University of Kent
 The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security
On the occasion of the launch of her new book, published by Oxford University Press
 Discussant: Hans Friedrich Schodder,
Deputy Chief of Mission, UNHCR New Delhi, India
 Date: Wednesday, 23 April 2014
 Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
 Venue: Conference Room, Centre for Policy Research, DharamMarg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021
Dr Hammerstad presents her new book, which investigates the rise of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a global security actor, following the refugee agency through some of the past two decades’ major conflict-induced humanitarian crises, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and eastern Zaire/Congo. She analyses UNHCR’s momentous transformation from a small, timid legal protection agency to the world’s foremost humanitarian actor playing a central role in the international response to the many wars of the tumultuous last decade of the 20th century. Then, as the 21st century set in, the agency’s political prominence waned. It remai ns a major humanitarian actor, but the polarised post-9/11 period and a worsening protection climate for refugees and asylum seekers spurred UNHCR to abandon its claim to be a global security actor and return to a more modest, quietly diplomatic role.

The rise of UNHCR as a global security actor is placed within the context of the dramatic shift in perceptions of national and international security after the end of the Cold War. Prominent among ‘new’ security issues were the perceived threats posed by refugees and asylum seekers to international security, state stability, and societal cohesion. ‘The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor’ investigates UNHCR’s response to this new international environment; adopting, adapting and finally abandoning a security discourse on the refugee problem.
In this seminar Dr Hammerstad will draw lines from the findings of her book to discuss some key questions on the future of international humanitarian action in the polarized and dangerous environments of countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia. How can UN agencies and NGOs avoid the stamp of being part of ‘western agendas’? Is principled, neutral, needs-based humanitarian aid in conflict zones possible? How can it best be achieved – or at least approximated?

Speaker’s Biography:
Dr Anne Hammerstad is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent, research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs, and recent Global Uncertainties Fellow with the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She received her DPhil from Oxford University, MSc from the London School of Economics, and BA from the University of Oslo. Her doctoral thesis won the 2003 thesis prize from the British International Studies Association.
In addition to the book ‘The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security’ (OUP, 2014), Anne has published on migration, refugees, conflict and security in, among others, Security Dialogue, Review of International Studies, and Conflict, Security and Development, and is a contributing author to the Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (OUP, 2014forthcoming).
Anne has previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, a Research and Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, and journalist with the Norwegian newspaper, Dagbladet. 
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A line of confirmation will be highly appreciated.
With regards,
Navroz Dubash
Officiating President


Seniors Represent India at World Tennis Championships


Chennai, April 22nd: The annual Seniors World Tennis Championships will be held in Palm Beach, Florida, USA this year, from 21st April to 4th May 2014.

Four players made the cut in the over-40 category and will represent India in both individual and team competitions. Palani Vale, from Chennai, will be taking part in the competition. Other Indian players representing the country are Vijay Kumar, Avinash Rastogi and Rajeev Goel.


UK rail subsidy falls and passengers foot the bill

Total Rail
Dear N.K,

What we’re talking about this week:

  • UK rail subsidy falls and passengers foot the bill
  • Metro recommends $927 million contract for LA rail project
  • China and Hong Kong high speed rail link delayed
  • First round the world ticket due in 2015
  • Infographic: A decade of rail fare hikes in the UK
UK rail subsidy falls passengers foot bill

UK rail subsidy falls and passengers foot the bill

UK rail subsidy has fallen this year and it’s passengers that will be footing the bill. 
The Office of Rail Regulation has released figures showing that between 2012 and 2013, fare income rose …
Metro recommends $927-million contract LA rail project

Metro recommends $927 million contract for LA rail project

A Metro report has recommended a $927m contract for the downtown LA rail project.
Metro believe the contract to build the metro should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction. Skanska USA and Traylor Bros have …
China and Hong Kong high speed rail link delayed

China and Hong Kong high speed rail link delayed

China and Hong Kong high speed rail link faces delays after floods hinder construction.
Construction of a new high speed rail link connecting Hong Kong and China has been delayed after one of the project’s tunnel boring machines …
First round the world rail ticket due in 2015

First round the world rail ticket due in 2015

What would you pay for a round the world rail ticket?
Most operators are struggling to cross lines let alone borders when it comes to rail tickets. But as you might guess, this is a special case.
Great Rail …
Infographic: A decade of rail fare hikes in the UK

Infographic: A decade of rail fare hikes in the UK


This infographic looks at how much rail fares have increased in the past 10 years and how this affects commuters and travellers in the UK.


Encyclopaedia Britannica Partners with Katha,

Encyclopaedia Britannica Partners with Katha, Takes Indian Storytelling to the World 
Global president Jorge Cauz in India to promote digital learning in South Asia
New Delhi April 22, 2014 
Encyclopaedia Britannica, best known for its most authoritative reference material, has partnered with Katha, a leading independent Indian publisher with over 300 titles translated from 21 Indian languages, to take the best Indian stories published by Katha to children across the world. Katha fosters the love of learning in children through its innovative education model, of active story-based learning, supported integrally by its book publishing program.
The set of initiatives proposed by Britannica includes providing digital knowledge and learning products to Katha schools and learning centers for underprivileged children in India, as part of its corporate social responsibility. Britannica will also convert titles owned by Katha into eBooks and distribute them worldwide as a part of its eBook program under the overall eLibrary initiative.
From its repertoire of children’s titles and stories sourced from many Indian languages, Katha will compile a Literature Reader in English as a curricular textbook for Classes 1-8, which Britannica will publish and market in India. Britannica will, in turn, leverage its channels to offer the Literature Reader to schools abroad that follow Indian curriculum, as part of its curricular offering.
A memorandum, to this effect, was signed between Mr. Sarvesh Shrivastava, Managing Director– South Asia, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and Mrs. Geeta Dharmarajan, Founder and Executive Director of Katha.
Mr. Jorge Cauz, President of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., is visiting India to promote digital learning in the South Asia region. He has been at the center of Britannica’s transformation from a 246-year old publisher of printed reference works to an innovative provider of digital education products in online, mobile and printed versions for individual consumers and families, schools, libraries and universities.
Mrs. Geeta Dharmarajan, the creative and innovative force behind Katha’s work, for over the 25 years, said, “It gives me great joy that as Katha celebrates its silver jubilee this year, we join forces with such a respected and world-renowned company – Encyclopaedia Britannica – to get great Indian stories into the hands of children worldwide and share India’s rich cultural heritage with them. We are living in exciting times where technology is bringing great changes to the educational possibilities for our children. Our partnership with Britannica helps us realize our dream of inspiring children to learn, enabling them to become reader-leaders.”
A visibly touched Mr. Jorge Cauz, who visited the Katha school located in a slum in South Delhi, said, “I firmly believe that trustworthy digital content coupled with highly motivated teachers, especially like the ones I met at Katha, can play a significant role in promoting literacy among the underprivileged”.
Known for its 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica for over two centuries, Britannica has moved beyond its traditional base of reference works to broader educational markets, such as classroom curriculum, e-learning and language instruction, from a print only company to an innovative provider of digital education products.
Mr. Sarvesh Shrivastava, Encyclopaedia Britannica Managing Director–South Asia, shared that in the past five years Britannica India has offered trustworthy knowledge and learning solutions, including textbooks, interactive student and teacher resources. Its teacher training materials help promote higher order thinking skills in the PreK-10 segment for English, Math, Science, Social Studies, General Knowledge and IT. By adding Katha’s story-based learning from Katha to its learning solutions, Britannica’s learner engagement will be greatly enhanced.
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Maiden Title for HAMEED!


Maiden Title for HAMEED!

20th April, Bangkok: Debutants, Shaik Abdul Hameed of India and Kritsanakorn Sangaroon of Thailand captured their first-ever Men’s and Women’s tour titles at the ABF Tour Thailand 2014. 

Hameed defeated 2014 ABF Tour Kuwait leg champion, Mahmood Al Attar of UAE, 242-183 in the Men’s finals to give India its FIRST EVER TITLE AT THE ASIAN lEVEL while Kritsanakorn upstaged Thailand International Open first runner-up, Banchawan Poungthong 223-183 in an all-Thai Women’s finals. 

Both the men’s title contenders had an opened frame each in frame two but Shaik rolled three consecutive strikes to take a slender lead of 9 pins when Mahmood responded with a turkey in the fifth and sixth frames. 

Whilst the Indian rolled another three consecutive strikes from frame 7, the Emirati suffered a poor 6-pin split. Shaik went on to strike out for a comfortable victory over Mahmood.  Hameed won the first ever medal for India , during the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship 2002 in which he won gold medals in Singles and Masters and a silver medal in All Events. The champion edged Joshua Chow of HongKong in the first all-lefty semi-final, 231-218 to advance to the finals. 

Mahmood denied Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand a crack at the title when he ousted the Thai, 218-197 in the secomd semi to book his place in the finals. 

Meanwhile, tour debutant Kritsanakorn Sangaroon won the Women’s crown after she outclassed  Thailand International Open first runner-up, Benchawan Poungthong in the all-Thai finals to win her first-ever international title. The 19-year-old Thai national rookie, brought home a clean game after she got off the block with four strikes-in-a-row. And when her challenger missed a single-pin spare in the sixth frame the match was more or less over. 

Kritsanakorn had earlier eliminated newly-crowned Thailand International Open Women’s Open Champion, Angkana Netrviseth in the all-Thai first semi-final, 198-173 to earn her spot in the finals. 

Benchawan beat Tanaprang Sathean in another all-Thai second semi-final, 207-179 to face Kritsanakorn in the final. Ms Chanya Tamrongweenijchai, Bowling Operations Director of Major Bowl presented the women’s trophy to Kritsanakorn while Ms Vivien Lau, ABF Honorary Life President and FIQ Secretary General presented the men’s trophy to Hameed. , TOP16 finishers in Men’s and Women’s Categories of Thailand International Open, qualified to play the Bangkok leg of the Asian Bowling Tour. 

 Earlier, Hameed of India had finished overall 4th in the Thailand International Open which concluded on Wednesday.

The next ABF Tour stop will be in Cairo, Egypt on May 1, 2014 for the men’s division only. Three stops will be staged in East Asia while there are five stops in West Asia. 




Summer is the time of dealing with lots of heat, dust and excessive strong sun light. Just as we use sunscreen to keep the sun’s UV rays from harming our skin, UV treatment in eyeglass lenses blocks those same rays from damaging our eyes.
New Delhi, 21 April 2014: With onset of summer the intense heat and light of sun poses immense danger to the eyes causing ocular discomfort, dryness, allergy, etc. Dr. Sanjay Dhawan, Director, Ophthalmology, Fortis Healthcareinforms Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in summer wreak havoc on eyes & is associated with severe eye ailments such as cataract a leading cause of blindness and it can also prematurely age your eye lenses.  It is also a factor in formation of non-cancerous growths of tissue (pterygium), loss of vision (macular degeneration) and cancer of the eyelid.
Dr. Sanjay Dhawan informs “Those who have to be in exposure to UV rays for long time are more likely to have painful temporary eye injuries called photokeratitis and photoconjunctivitis. As the heat of summer gets the effect of UV rays double in this season those who live at sea side area or desert are at increased risk of eye damage because the UV rays reflections off water, sand and concrete & glasses can inflame cornea and conjunctiva within minutes. This is like burning the sensitive, skin-like tissue covering your eyeballs and lining your eyelids adds Dr. Sanjay.
Hence, it is suggested to avoid direct exposure to ultraviolet rays using UV protective contact lenses and Sunglasses. Sunglasses help reduce the amount of light that reaches our eyes. It increases our comfort and reduces the painful side effects of intense heat. Sunglasses should be worn during daylight hours even when the weather is cloudy or hazy. Your sunglasses should provide more than 95 percent UV protection.
Most people believe that darker sunglasses provide better protection, but that is not necessarily the case. To protect eyes from intense heat always opt for sunglasses which covers whole eyes and should block both UVA and UVB radiation. The lens tint should block 80 percent of transmissible light but no more than about 90 percent of light, or it will be hard for you to see.
Ø  Take care that your contact lenses do not come in contact with intense heat, during summers avoid using AC’s if you are suffering from eye infections caused by intense heat as it can increase your eye problem.
Ø  If you wear UV protective contact lenses, you still need to wear a pair of sunglasses to protect the area of the eye that is not covered by the lens.
Ø  Wash your eyes with cold water twice a day, avoiding rubbing them, stay away from dusty areas, wear protective eye glasses and use eye drops under the supervision of an eye specialist.
Ø  See a sunglass lens on how much UV radiation it absorbs. Neutral gray, amber, brown, and green are good colors to choose from.
Ø  Drink plenty of water throughout the day, it protects your eyes from puffiness and swelling and splash cool water on your eyes at regular intervals, this relaxes stressed eyes and keeps your eyes hydrated.
Ø  With daily routine work along with other parts of our body, eyes catch stresses too. Exercise is good for relieving the stresses off from eyes. The best eye care exercise that you can practice is to close your eyes and pressing them with your palms. This is handful for resting your eyes. You should do this eye care exercise daily for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Ø  Apart from self eye care, a regular checkup is must during summer. As the doctor can rightly advice you to keep eyes soothing in the hot weather of summer.


National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Routine Immunization “Are you up to date?”

National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Routine Immunization
“Are you up to date?”

New Delhi, April 22, 2014:   UNICEF in partnership with Shikhar organized the Second National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Routine Immunization in the capital today. The day long brainstorming focused on how various stakeholders including media can highlight the importance of vaccination for saving children’s lives. Several eminent Urdu editors, doctors including Unani medicine practitioners and academicians attended the meet. 

While India has one of the largest immunization programs in the world, (in terms of number of number of children covered and geographical reach), it still reports deaths of about 1.4 million children[1] (below the age of five years) annually. These deaths are largely from preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malnutrition and new born complications like sepsis.  A highly cost-effective way of preventing these fatal diseases is Routine Immunization, which is one of the most successful public health initiatives and can prevent around 400,000 child deaths each year in India alone.

The round table was organized ahead of the World Immunization Week,  and the theme for this year’s edition is “Are you up to date?” which is a direct appeal to parents and caregivers to inform themselves about immunization and make sure that their families are protected with vaccines. The conference highlighted the need to reach unimmunized children in hard-to-reach areas and belonging to vulnerable communities.  It also dwelt on strategies to increase in-depth coverage and analysis articles by the media on Routine Immunization (RI).

Dr. Khwaja Ikramuddin, Director, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language and Ms Caroline Den Dulk, Chief of Communication, UNICEF India opened the discussions and the experts included Mr.Syed Faisal Ali, Editor, Almi Sahara, Mr.Shakeel Akhtar, Bureau Chief, BBC Urdu, Mr. Yusuf Ansari, Editor Channel One, Mr.Wasim ul Haq, Editor, Akhbare Mashriq, Ms.Waseem Rasheed, Editor, Chauthi Duniya, and Mr. Khalid Anwar,Editor Hamara Samaj.

Addressing the gathering, Mr S.M.KhanDirector General, DD News, called for a collaborative effort by various media to ensure a 360 degree coverage of health issues including RI. He said that Doordarshan’s vast network and use of easy-to-understand Urdu language in its programs, could be leveraged to reach out to migrants and populations in difficult-to-reach regions. Giving a commitment on behalf of the Urdu editors to ensure better and informed coverage of RI nationally, Mr Khan emphasized on the need to empower the journalists’ to cover RI in a more sustained manner.

Dr. Khwaja Ikramuddin, Director NCPUL urged Urdu media houses to regularly come out with news reports and editorials on immunization among minorities. He said that inadequate number of health journalists and their lack of in-depth knowledge on the issue, are a deterrent in ensuring coverage of such topics.
Participants emphasized that use of local language can reinforce instant message recall and brand recognition of immunization and child survival, as is the case of the RI tagline Bhool Na Jana Tika Lagwana.
Emphasizing UNICEF’s focus on equity, Ms Caroline Den Dulk,  said, “ All children have the right to survive and thrive and vaccines protect children for a lifetime. This World Immunization Week we are partnering with diverse stakeholders to keep the focus on reaching out to the most vulnerable and marginalized children. Radio and Urdu media play a significant role in strengthening these efforts” 

Participating in the deliberations, Prof Akhtrul Wasay, Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities said, “We cannot expect to create massive awareness on this critical child survival issue without active participation of diverse stakeholders including the media, academic institutions, young people and other opinion leaders.” 

It was decided at the conference that several capacity-building workshops would be organized from time to time for the Urdu journalists to help them be equipped with in-depth knowledge and thereby come up with write ups, editorials and edutainment based television programs on RI. 

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